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Sanofi Group Senior Corporate Counsel - Digital Business and Transactions in Cambridge, Massachusetts

JOB PURPOSE:

Sanofi is building a first in class digital organization with an ambitious roadmap to improve health outcomes through digital innovation and contribute €1BN to Sanofi’s Business Operating Income by 2025. We are seeking a self-motivated, experienced, solution-oriented, lawyer to serve as a critical legal business partner to the Chief Digital Officer team and Sanofi Ventures team. The successful candidate will enjoy interacting with a large number of stakeholders at all levels of the Sanofi organization and working in a fast-paced environment where a combination of digital, healthcare and business acumen are key.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Legal Adviser to Digital Strategy & Partnering Team, Sanofi Ventures Team

  • Active involvement upstream of projects (member of project teams) in the design of collaboration, commercial or business strategies aligned with company objectives, working closely with internal teams to propose options, delivering consistent, pragmatic advice, guidance, recommendations and support and in the implementation of the solutions

  • Advise business partners on how to employ contractual technique and Intellectual property structures to manage the risks associated with digital partnering transactions

  • Act as Subject Matter Expert and coordinates legal issues common to digital health offerings across the Global Business Units such as: business models, data strategy, regulatory requirements for Software as Medical Devices, relationships with customers and patients, telemedicine, etc..

  • Act as Subject Matter Expert in US corporate venture capital transactions

  • Develops global standards and guidelines that can be leveraged by peers across the organization

  • Takes an active role in internal LEBI cross-functional initiatives supporting digital and ventures initiatives

End to End Transaction Support to

  • All types of agreements leveraging digital technologies in healthcare to improve health outcomes through the development of patient support solutions, connected devices and ecosystems, digital therapeutics, data analytics capabilities

  • Sanofi Ventures investments in early stage ventures in biotech and health tech

People Development

In collaboration with the team, takes an active role in keeping abreast of relevant legal developments and sharing knowledge with business partners and peers including by leading dedicated trainings.

Outside Counsel Management

Take advice from and instruct outside counsel when appropriate and supervise their work and associated fees.

KNOWLEDGE, EXPERTISE & ABILITIES:

General:

  • Excellent understanding of the biopharmaceutical business and digital health technologies

  • Superior business partnering, customer-oriented and problem-solving skills

  • Advanced communication and influencing skills including the ability to advise and cogently explain and discuss complex matters with business partners at all levels of the organization

  • Advanced negotiation and project management skills

  • Eager to cooperate and share information with a large number of stakeholders is key to succeed

  • Superior skills at drafting complex US law governed agreements in English

  • Ability to manage workloads and prioritize among a given number of active files at any one time

  • Ability to integrate internal processes inherent to a large organization in a timely fashion

  • Adopts an open and flexible mindset to adapt rapidly to change and support continuous improvement of team work

  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision, exercise sound independent judgment and thoughtful risk taking approaches to problem solving

Substantive Expertise:

  • Substantive expertise about contract law, intellectual property law (including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets and database IP), software law and IT law

  • Substantive experience with venture capital transactions

  • Expertise in a combination of the following areas: SaMDs and pharma regulation, artificial intelligence and RWE in healthcare, cybersecurity, telemedicine, e-commerce, anti-fraud and anti-kickback statutes, transparency statutes, digital health business models and their combination with therapeutics

  • Familiarity with EU and US privacy regulations (with emphasis on healthcare data) and experience addressing privacy issues arising when launching HCP or customer-facing digital health solutions

  • Familiarity with intellectual property rights arising from software development, databases, and websites

  • Familiar with agile principles for product development

Other Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English is a must

  • Frequent interactions with the teams based in Europe, Asia and the United States

  • Periodic travel for transactions/or to other Sanofi sites

Qualifications:

  • JD or equivalent advanced legal degree; focus in business, healthcare, software or IP law a plus

  • Minimum of 10 years of legal practice with transactional experience in healthcare & software licensing and venture capital

  • Professional or academic experience in a common law country is a plus

  • Bar qualification is required for US-based lawyers; a plus elsewhere

  • Experience at a top tier law firm in life sciences & digital group is a plus

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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